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Prof: Stats don't predict head-to-head outcomes

Updated: December 12, 2003, 2:15 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Some Southern California professors who specialize in statistics are crying foul over the computerized ranking system that left the Trojans out of the national championship game.

Started in 1998, the Bowl Championship Series uses computer calculations of game statistics and outcomes to pick two teams to play for the national title each year.

James R. Beniger, an associate professor at USC's Annenberg School of Communications, said it's better to decide which ...

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